How come silvers cant have Console-free versions of the support ships, so our Science captains dont have to use birds of prey to compensate? I honestly dont think it would be a bad thing to have these ships available to us.
Because their aren't any. The only non BC/ BoP/ Raptor class ships in game are CStore ships, up until they entered the store (IIRC just before F2P Launch) there was nothing but the free ships available to the KDF until you hit LTG and had to visit the store anyway for the Kar'fi, Garumba and Marauder.
Should also remember, Gold accounts don't get access to any different ships to Silvers, they just don't have to put Dilithium towards what is available.